Since Fraggle Rock is no longer with us it is up to me to educate and inform……
Our Congress is in the middle of hearings on the Trump SCOTUS nominee, Kavanaugh…….and all the theatrics that goes with these hearings….
One cannot imagine how most people have no idea what the Supreme Court is all about…..
But let’s look at the Supreme Court.
We have a 3 branch government, the Congress (Legislative), the President (Executive) and the Supreme Court (Judicial)…..when there is a standstill between the Executive and the Legislative then the Supreme Court is the tie breaker, the referee if you will…..
Being a referee would mean that the Judicial should be neutral in all things…that would make the field of government fair and logical. The judges should have no political entanglements that could hamper their decisions.
In recent decades that has changed….court appoints are made to further a political agenda whether liberal or conservative. Now presidents long to have the chance to appoint someone that will carry out the purposed political agenda…….it is safe to say the neutrality in the court is dead.
We didn’t always talk about the Supreme Court in crassly partisan terms. The court had liberals and conservatives, and general voting patterns, but public analysis of the court’s activity normally centered on the legal reasoning behind decisions and dissents. People might disagree with one ruling or another, but the court’s overall authority, rooted in its role as a trusted arbiter of competing claims, enjoyed a basic respect.
Today, in contrast, it’s common to regard the court as little more than another political body. More and more, Senate votes for judicial nominees, such as Brett Kavanaugh, break down along party lines, and people tend to assume that the outcome of a given case will hinge on which bloc of justices, liberal or conservative, has the majority. Justices—like everybody else in our tribal world—are now seen as vehicles for expressing a political preference.
The SCOTUS decisions should be made using the US Constitution as a guideline…..(yet another aspect that most have no idea)….but I can help….
Then there is a crash course for those interested beyond the talking points from their favorite newscaster…….